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LIST | School schedules affected by COVID-19

What schools are switching to virtual learning?

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, East Tennessee schools are working to continue educating our children while keeping them, and their teachers and school staff members, safe.

To do that, many schools are turning to virtual learning days when it's not possible to have in-person school.

WBIR will add those schools to this list as we hear about them.

RELATED: Tracking COVID-19 in East Tennessee schools

These changes come after East TN school districts reported more than 625 new cases of COVID-19 last week. Nearly 4,000 students and staff have been confirmed positive since the year began.

List for week of January 18:

Knox County

Northwest Middle School moved to online learning starting on Friday, Jan. 15. Students will return to in-person classes on Monday, Jan. 25.

Cedar Bluff Preschool will move to the red attendance mode starting on Tuesday, Jan. 19, based on the teacher and student attendance metrics. Students will return for in-person instruction on Monday, Jan. 25, unless otherwise notified, according to KCS.

List for week of January 11:

Knox County

Mooreland Heights Elementary and Sterchi Elementary in Knox County will move to online-learning starting Tuesday, Jan. 12 due to student and teacher attendance, and will return to in-person classes on Tuesday, Jan. 19.

Northwest Middle School will move to online learning starting on Friday, Jan. 15. Students will return to in-person classes on Monday, Jan. 25.

List for week of December 28:

Alcoa City Schools

Schools will be switching back to alternating day schedules with half the students on virtual, and the other half in-person starting Tuesday, Jan. 5. Every other Friday will go all-virtual. Click here for the January schedule.

Anderson County

All Anderson County Schools will switch to virtual learning starting Tuesday, December 15 through at least January 4, 2021. Schools will return to in-person classes on January 5. All extracurricular activities are canceled until classes return.

Blount County 

Blount County Schools students in all buildings will move to virtual learning on December 16 and December 17.   

All Blount County Schools will be closed on December 18.

Campbell County

All Campbell County Schools switched to all-virtual learning on Dec. 7. The students will return to in-person learning on January 5, 2021.

Students who have enrolled in distance learning will also resume classes on January 5, 2021. Students will be notified of any schedule/class changes that occurred with the change of the new semester.  

Cocke County

Cocke County Schools will transition to remote learning starting Thursday, December 17 into winter break, which has been extended through Jan. 8.

Teachers will report for an Administrative Day on Friday, January 8th.

Students will return on a staggered schedule the week of January 11th. Remote Learning Fridays will return beginning, Friday, January 15th.

Cumberland County

Cumberland County Schools will return to in-person learning on Jan. 5. Those approved for virtual learning will not need to return to the classroom.

If COVID cases continue to rise, grades 3 through 12 will be issued remote learning devices from Jan. 6 through 8. All other grades will remain in-person.

Grainger County Schools

Grainger County Schools will be on a 100% virtual schedule for the first week school returns. Jan. 4 is a staff development day.

Hamblen County

Hamblen County Schools are asking middle and high school students to go virtual for the first two weeks of the spring semester. 

Optionally, students can still attend in-person. The district will provide meals to those who stay home.

Elementary classes will continue to be held in-person.

Hawkins County

All Hawkins County schools will move to virtual learning beginning Wednesday, December 16 through at least January 19 due to the increase in COVID-19 cases and quarantines. The school system plans to return to in-person classes on Jan. 20.

Knox County

All Knox County Schools will move to virtual learning beginning Monday, Dec. 14. This will last through at least Winter Break. Students can return to in-person learning when the new semester starts on Jan. 5, 2021, unless otherwise notified. 

All sports and extracurricular activities have been canceled until then.

McMinn County

McMinn Central High School, McMinn Central HS/CTE, Calhoun Elementary, and EK Baker Elementary will be virtual until further notice; click here for more details

Monroe County

Officials with Monroe County Schools said that students and teachers would return to school on Monday, Jan. 11. Originally, they were scheduled to return to school on Jan. 5 after Winter Break. However, officials said that they would use stockpiled days due to the high number of COVID-19 cases.

Officials also said that there will be a remote staff development day on Jan. 4.

Oak Ridge

Middle school students on alternating A/B schedule until mid-January; click here for more details

Scott County

Scott County students will continue using the modified phase-in schedule during the first week back on January 4. You can read the schedule for the first two weeks here.

Sevier County

Sevier County Schools will move to virtual-only instruction beginning December 17 for the remainder of the fall semester. 

All Sevier County Schools are currently scheduled to reopen on January 7, 2021. Teachers are scheduled to return Jan. 6 for an administrative day.

Students will return to in-person class on staggered days. On Jan. 7, students with last names beginning A-L will attend in person, and students with last names beginning with M-Z will learn remotely that day. On Jan. 8, M-Z students return to class and A-L students learn remotely. 

All traditional students will return to class in school on January 11. Students who opted to learn from home will continue as usual.

Union County

Union County Schools will be on alternating day schedules for virtual and in-person learning for the first two weeks back with Wednesdays designated as distance learning days. Jan. 5 and 6 will be distance learning days for all students in grades K-8. Grades 9-12 will have class orientations. Click here for the calendar.

List for week of December 7:

Alcoa City Schools

Some schools switching back to alternating day schedule; click here for more details

Anderson County

Anderson County High School moves virtual through Dec. 7

Blount County

Carpenter's Middle School students will do virtual learning from Dec. 2 through Friday, Dec. 4; in-person learning expected to resume on Monday, Dec. 7

Campbell County

All Campbell County Schools will switch to all-virtual learning starting December 7. The students will remain virtual until at least January 5, 2021.

Grainger County Schools

Grainger County Schools will be on a 100% virtual schedule starting Dec. 14 - 18, just like the previous week.

Greeneville City Schools

All schools will remain on alternating day schedule through Dec. 17

Knox County

UPDATE: All Knox County Schools will move to virtual learning beginning Monday, Dec. 14. This will last through at least Winter Break. Students can return to in-person learning when the new semester starts on Jan. 5, 2021 unless otherwise notified. 

All sports and extracurricular activities have been canceled until then.

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Bonny Kate Elementary, South-Doyle Middle and South-Doyle High will move to online learning Dec. 10.

In-person learning for those three schools will resume Jan. 5 with the new semester.

KCS said the decision to move the three to virtual learning is based on teacher/school staff attendance. In addition, the student attendance metric applies to South-Doyle High and South-Doyle Middle School.

Carter Middle, Vine Middle, Whittle Springs Middle, Central High and Ridgedale schools will all move to online instruction beginning Wednesday, Dec. 9. This is expected to last until the new semester starts Jan. 5.

KCS said the decision is based on the metric of “Student Attendance” for Carter and Vine and the metric of “Teacher / School Staff Attendance” for the others.

Halls Elementary and Powell Middle Schools will move to online learning beginning Tuesday, Dec. 1 due to excessive staff and student absences. 

Mooreland Heights Elementary School, West Hills Elementary and Bearden Middle School continue virtual learning through Dec. 4.

Holston Middle, Gresham Middle, Gibbs Middle, and Knoxville Adaptive Education Center (KAEC) will move to online learning beginning Friday, December 4.

Gibbs Elementary School and Halls Middle School will move to online learning starting on December 8. This is expected to last for a total of nine school days and these students will return to school for in-person instruction on January 5, 2021.

Lenoir City

All Lenoir City Schools will move to at-home learning from December 2 through Tuesday, December 8.

McMinn County

McMinn Central High School, McMinn Central HS/CTE, Calhoun Elementary and EK Baker Elementary will be virtual until further notice; click here for more details

Monroe County Schools

Madisonville Middle Schools will be on a remote learning schedule on December 8, 9 and 10 due to staff shortage. 

Student work will be available at the school for pickup after 9:00 a.m. for students who do not have access to the internet at home.

All other schools are on regular schedules.

Oak Ridge

Middle school students on alternating A/B schedule until mid-January; click here for more details

Scott County

Students move to Digital Learning beginning Wednesday, December 9 for the remainder of the semester; click here for more details

List for week of November 30:

Alcoa City Schools

Some schools switching back to alternating day schedule; click here for more details

Anderson County

Anderson County High School moves virtual through Dec. 7

Blount County

Carpenter's Middle School students will do virtual learning from Dec. 2 through Friday, Dec. 4; in-person learning expected to resume on Monday, Dec. 7

Campbell County

All Campbell County Schools will switch to all-virtual learning starting December 7. The students will remain virtual until at least January 5, 2021.

Cumberland County 

All schools will be virtual until Dec. 3

Grainger County 

All schools will be virtual until Dec. 4, with exception of high schoolers taking final exams; click here for more details

Greeneville City Schools

All schools will remain on alternating day schedule through Dec. 17

Hamblen County 

District requests elementary students move to virtual learning through Dec. 2, middle and high school students through Dec. 4; click here for more details

Hancock County

All schools will remain virtual until Dec. 3

Hawkins County

Surgoinsville Middle School will be virtual until Dec. 2

Jefferson County

Jefferson County High School will continue virtual learning through Dec. 4

Knox County

Halls Elementary and Powell Middle Schools will move to online learning beginning Tuesday, Dec. 1 and return on Monday, Dec. 14 due to excessive staff and student absences. 

Mooreland Heights Elementary School, West Hills Elementary and Bearden Middle School continue virtual learning through Dec. 4 and return on Dec. 7.

Holston Middle, Gresham Middle, Gibbs Middle, and Knoxville Adaptive Education Center (KAEC) will move to online learning beginning Friday, December 4.

Lenoir City

All Lenoir City Schools will move to at-home learning from December 2 through Tuesday, December 8.

McMinn County

McMinn Central High School, McMinn Central HS/CTE, Calhoun Elementary and EK Baker Elementary will be virtual until further notice; click here for more details

Monroe County

Madisonville Primary Schools and Monroe County Alternative School will be virtual through Dec. 4

Oak Ridge

Middle school students on alternating A/B schedule until mid-January; click here for more details

Oneida Special Schools

All schools will be virtual through Dec. 1 and return on Dec. 2

Roane County

All schools will be virtual through Dec. 4

Scott County

Alternating day schedule depending on grades/classes through Dec. 4; click here for more details

Union County Public Schools

Distance learning day for all students on Dec. 1